Monday, June 16, 2008

Giving Up

I've always been inspired by disciplined people. People that run five miles every day, or get up at 5:00 to go to the gym, or don't eat any processed foods, or never set foot in Wal-Mart. People have all sorts of reasons and motives for the things they are disciplined about and I always find myself wanting to be a little more like that. Now, I'd like to think that I have a reasonable amount of discipline -- I gave up soda for 18 months (I started this one again at the beginning of the month) and I went an entire 4 weeks without refined sugar. But lately I've been feeling like I need to reign in the natural (wo)man and show myself that I can be disciplined and that when I am, my quality of life improves.

So I'm leaving this one up to you... or at least seeking your advice. What should I do (or not do) and for how long? What have you given up or been disciplined about that has improved your life? Ah, I'm so curious. Please comment below. :)

-Ingrid Michaelson-


MegRuth said...

I wouldn't say it's a total habit yet but I and trying to make getting up at 5:30am every weekday and exercising for 30 minutes.

Some days I hit the snooze, some days I don't get up at all, but for the most part that's what I do. And Wii Fit has definitely increased my motivation. Making things fun instead of a chore is usually the only way I stay disciplined.

Keoni and Sheila said...

One of my bad habbits is not drinking enough WATER every day. I always opt to juice, soda or milk. I WILL NOW DRINK 8 GLASSES OF H20 EVERYDAY. Another one is cutting back on breads/carbs. The no soda thing is a good one though.

Miriam said...

Hey Sarah- Have you ever tried meditation/relaxation? I would love to set a goal to have a 20 min. relaxation session everyday. I just need to find a good CD to help. It could even be part of a yoga session. I have read tons on the benefits of meditation- and I know it helped me really enjoy (believe it or not) the birth of my little boy. Just an idea :)

Rachael said...

Hey Sarah! So glad I found your blog. I think real discipline comes from living moderately. It's easy to give up sugar (well, relatively), it's easy to be extreme. What's hard is working health into your every day life. Eating some treats, but not too many. Working out, but not becoming obsessed. I think that's where the too test comes. Good luck on the Wasatch Back, I'm totally jealous :)

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